by M. J. Joachim
Marigolds are plentiful in my garden, so it makes perfect sense to crochet them for you. Be sure and leave a long tail when begin making your marigold. I used size 10 orange doily thread with a 1/2.75 mm steel hook for the one you see pictured in this post. I also used three pieces of pipe cleaner (1 orange and 2 green) and floral tape.
Step 1: Make a slip stitch on your hook and single crochet over your tail, leaving a couple of inches of tail at the end – 8 inch tail, approximately 6 inches of single crochet stitches over it
Step 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1st triple croche), turn; triple crochet in each single crochet back to the beginning of your chain
Step 3: Chain 1, turn; single crochet in 1st triple
Step 4: Make shell (5 double crochet stitches) in next triple; single crochet in next triple
[Repeat Step 4 to end]
Step 5: Gently pull tail to gather spiral together
Step 6: Start at the bottom, gently tugging each layer of petals, shaping bud as you work
Step 7: Pull both tails (long tail & tail from finishing off) through 1st sc in last row of spiral at top of flower
Step 8: Insert hook form bottom of flower (on bottom petal layer) and pull bloth threads through on stitch – doesn’t matter which one, at base of flower too
Step 9: Insert hook in nearby stitch and finish off both threads together. Fluff out marigold bud.
Step 10: Insert (matching) pipe cleaner through bottom center of flower. Secure and hide top of pipe cleaner between petals.
Step 11: Join a second piece of (stem colored) pipe cleaner to base of flower stem. Twist both pieces of pipe cleaner together, wrapping in loose crochet ends as you work.
Step 12: Fold up pipe cleaner and mold it to make leaves. Join a 3rd piece of pipe cleaner, for added foliage if desired.
Optional: Carefully wrap floral tape over stem and leaf frames. Add tiny beads to center of flower for sparkle and added effect.
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Photo credit: Orange marigolds, Leon Brooks, Public Domain
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